India: Kerala vegetable growers troubled by Covid curbs and heavy rains

Due to the Covid infections, lockdowns and recent heavy rains Kerala vegetable farmers are in quite a bind. Those farmers who cultivate large number of vegetables under the Vegetable and Fruits Promotion Council of Kerala (VFPCK) who are unable to harvest their crops and are burying the produce.

The farmers in Kaliyaroad, Elanadu, Kalappara, Pangarappilly, Adakkode, Pulakkode, Thonnoorkkara, Vattully, Panamkutti, Pazhayannur, Pottankode, Pariyaram, Meloor and Kodassery are facing huge loss due to the continuous setbacks.

Incredibly, all farmers got high yields this season. However, there are no buyers due to lockdown restrictions. As a result, the crops have started perishing. The farmers independently sell vegetables without intervention of middlemen at VFPCK.

As the merchants are unable to come due to restrictions, the VFPCK had already told the farmers not to harvest crops. Many growers have started farming taking loans and they will face huge loss under current circumstances. Most of the farmers do not know how to overcome the crisis. Vegetables are purchased from VFPCK directly for giving with food kits and distributing at Covid centers. According to an article on english.mathrubhumi.com, the farmers want non-governmental organizations to directly purchase the crops for sale.


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